Greater Manchester Police

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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is the police force responsible for law enforcement within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester in North West England.

Greater Manchester Police employs; 8,232 police officers, 332 Volunteer Special Constables, 782 Police Community Support Officers, and 4,068 members of police staff. It is the third largest police force in England and Wales after the Metropolitan Police Service and West Midlands Police. The GMP headquarters are at Chester House, Old Trafford.

History

The force was formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of Manchester and Salford Police with parts of Lancashire Constabulary, Cheshire Constabulary and West Yorkshire Constabulary. The first Chief Constable of the force was William James Richards, followed shortly afterwards, in 1975 by James Anderton. In 1993 David Wilmot succeeded James Anderton. In 2002 Michael Todd was appointed to Chief Constable until his death in 2008.

Police Constable Ian Rodgers was the first GMP officer to be killed in the line of duty in 1975. His death occurred in a railway incident at Stockport. Since the formation of GMP 20 officers have been killed or died in the line of duty.

The GMP dealt with the 1996 Manchester bombing and the 2008 Football Riots. There was much press coverage of the death of the then Chief Constable Michael J. Todd in March 2008.

Following Michael J. Todd's death in post, Peter Fahy, previously head of Cheshire Police, was...
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